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What is the lifespan of a smartphone?

Are you curious about the average lifespan of a smartphone, which factors influence the lifespan and how you can improve it? In this article we'll give you answers to these questions.

The average life of a smartphone

Average lifespan of a smartphone

The opinions about the average lifespan of a smartphone are quite varied. The Consumentenbond estimates the average lifespan at 2.5 years. Other sources indicate that a new smartphone will last 15 to 18 months. The lifespan of your smartphone depends on how you handle your device. Yet, however economical you are on your device, there are several factors that affect lifespan. You can read which ones are below.

Which factors influence the lifespan?

Smartphone empty battery

Most of the smartphones are broken by drop and impact damage. The repair of a cracked screen is often not cheap, so buying a new device is cheaper. Although most smartphones are water-resistant nowadays, water damage is also a culprit. In addition, the battery life affects the lifespan. A broken battery can not be replaced as easily as before, because many devices do not have a replaceable battery. Software updates affect the lifespan when they are no longer executed on a telephone.

Tips to extend the life

Screen protector smartphone

There are different ways to stretch the lifespan. For example, protect your case against drop, scratch and impact damage with a sturdy, shock-resistant cover. Or buy a waterproof case that protects your device against water damage. A tip to extend the battery life of your phone is to charge your device with original chargers. Does your phone have a replaceable battery? Then you simply replace the defective battery with a new one.

Update policy

Updates smartphone

Even in the case of a smartphone, it's all about inner beauty. Updates for the operating system and security are very important for the lifespan of your smartphone. Thanks to software updates, your device functions longer and better. Your battery won't run empty as quickly, your smartphone will be faster, and you'll have access to new functions. Security updates also close vulnerabilities so it's more difficult for hackers to infringe on your smartphone. How long and often you receive software and security updates varies per brand and per device.

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